Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) government and the UN Mission for Stabilization of Congo (MONUSCO) have began talks over the renewal of their partnership, MONUSCO boss Martin Kobler said on Wednesday.
“We have a lot of challenges, especially the prevailing insecurity in the east of the country,” Kobler said, insisting on the need for the renewal of their partnership.
“There’s no secret that the relationship between MONUSCO and DR Congo government is tense. We must restart structured talks with the government and that is what I started doing today with the foreign minister,” the UN official said.
Kinshasa has asked the UN Security Council to withdraw MONUSCO troops engaged in peacekeeping in eastern DR Congo, whereas the UN wants a gradual withdrawal.
“We shall not stay here forever, but what is important is that we should not leave the country in a hurry yet there are still security challenges,” he continued.
Already, the DR Congo government has rejected MONUSCO’s aid in tracking down the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda rebels in the east of the country.
On the other hand, MONUSCO has rejected the presence within DR Congo army of two generals suspected of committing human rights violations. Enditem